Reserving park space

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner Staff

If the long, hot summer kept you indoors to stay cool, now is your time to enjoy the great outdoors before the winter flakes fly.

Area cities reserve and rent out sports fields in their parks, and under their boweries and pavilions. For those planning an inter-office rivalry football game or a multi-generational family reunion, it may be worth the fee to ensure you have the space.

It’s also easy to tour many of the facilities online. Go to your city’s governmental home page, and look for a recreational department. Many city websites have links that will allow you to reserve a space with a credit card. Some cities will also take reservations over the phone, and the public can also drop by city offices during business hours to reserve a space and pay the fee in person.

Ogden rents out park spaces only in parks that have restrooms, said Perry Huffaker, Ogden public ways & parks manager. Call the city office for prices.

“We get a lot of activity out of a handful of parks,” Huffaker said. “Mount Ogden is used by the local school district and other soccer leagues. We also have pocket parks within neighborhoods that almost consider them their own.

“I think our parks are under-utilized, especially if you consider a park to be anything outdoors. We also have hundreds of people who use our trail system everyday.”

Go to, then click on “recreation” to see your outdoors options, Huffaker suggested. To contact city offices with a question, call 801-399-4357.

“We love our parks, and appreciate everybody who enjoys them, and ask them to leave parks the way they found them or better,” Huffaker said.

Layton has an indoor, heated pavilion it rents year-round, but smaller park spaces are often closed to scheduled users after the fall water shut off.

Sporting fields are available when they are not scheduled for use by city sports leagues, or other renters who made earlier requests. The amphitheater is also rentable when it is not being used for Davis Arts Council events.

“It’s a pretty neat place for a recital, and we get church groups who come in,” said Dave Thomas, Layton Recreation supervisor. The space costs $50 per hour, with a three-hour minimum, and comes with technicians to run the lights and sound.

Smaller Layton park spaces rent for $75 to $150, and require a cleaning deposit.

“It’s a great deal,” Thomas said, of Layton’s recreational rental spaces. “Anybody in the city should understand what is available to them.”

For Layton spaces and recreational resources, start on the city’s website, The office number is 801-336-3900.

Call your local city recreation department, search it online, or drop in to learn about options close to home.

Contact reporter Nancy Van Valkenburg at 801-625-4275 or Follow her on Twitter at @S_ENancyVanV.

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